Karen DuBois-Walton, Ph.D., President, Elm City Communities/Housing Authority of the City of New Haven (HANH). Karen DuBois-Walton currently serves as the President of the Elm City Communities/Housing Authority of the City of New Haven, The Glendower Group, LLC (the development affiliate of HANH) and 360 Management Group, Co., (the property management affiliate) responsible for administrative, programmatic and policy direction of the public housing, housing choice voucher program, finance and planning and development activities. Prior to assuming this role, Dr. DuBois-Walton served as the Chief Operating Officer for HANH.
Previously, she served as Chief of Staff for Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. in the City of New Haven, CT. Appointed to this role in August of 2004, Dr. DuBois-Walton was responsible for oversight of all city administrative and political affairs. Additionally, Dr. DuBois-Walton was responsible for all collaborative work with the city’s municipal and state legislative bodies.
Prior to promotion to Chief of Staff, she served as the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of New Haven from January 2002 to August 2004. As Chief Administrative Officer, Dr. DuBois-Walton served as the Mayor’s coordinator of public services including police, fire, public works/engineering, parks, recreation and trees, library and human resources. These departments made up the largest portion of non-education city services with a budget of over $80 million. In addition to coordinating activities of these departments, Dr. DuBois-Walton oversaw the city’s emergency planning initiatives.
A trained clinical psychologist, prior to assuming positions with the Housing Authority and the City of New Haven, she served in positions with the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Yale University Child Study Center. Dr. DuBois-Walton earned her BA from Yale University and MA and Ph.D. from Boston University.
Dr. DuBois-Walton resides in New Haven. She is the wife of Kevin Walton, Sr. and the mother of two sons. She co-leads the Community Leadership Program of the Graustein Memorial Fund. She co-founded Storytellers New Haven with her husband. She sits on several non-profit boards including the Melville Charitable Trust, CONNCORP, Inc., CT Association of Human Services, First City Fund Corporation, and the ACES Education Foundation. In 2014 Dr. DuBois-Walton was named one of The Network Journal’s “25 Most Influential Black Women in Business”. In 2011, 2013 and 2018 she was named one of the “100 Most Influential Blacks in Connecticut” by the CT State Conference of the NAACP. In 2015 she was awarded the Greater New Haven NAACP’s Community Service Award.